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Two dynamic young adult graphic novels that explore generational trauma in the American West, going back in time to Japanese internment in World War II and forward to a near-future devastated by the Cascadia earthquake.
In Displacement by Kiku Hughes, a teenager is on vacation in San Francisco when suddenly she finds herself displaced to the 1940s Japanese-American internment camp that her late grandmother was forcibly relocated to during World War II. Jonathan Hill imagines the aftermath of “the Big One,” the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake, in Odessa, which follows three siblings searching for their missing mother across a ruined America.
Moderated by Jules Ohman, youth programs specialist at Literary Arts.
PURCHASE: ODESSA | DISPLACEMENT
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Jonathan Hill is an award-winning cartoonist who lives in Portland, OR. His comics and illustrations have been featured in publications by Fantagraphics, Lion Forge, tor.com, Powell's City of Books, The Believer Magazine, and the Society of Illustrators. His first two books, Americus and Wild Weather, were created with writer MK Reed and published by First Second Books. Jonathan also teaches comics at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and serves on the board of directors at Literary Arts. Odessa is the first book he has written and drawn himself.